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Government commits further $16 million towards Black Spots

  • Posted on Thursday 15th, August 2019.

The Federal Government has doubled down on its commitment to fixing black spots in Australia by announcing further funding across sites in Queensland and Western Australia.

Up to 14 notorious crash sites on roads in the Sunshine State will receive funding under the Black Spot Program over the next 12 months.

In Western Australia ten sites identified as black spots will also receive funding.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced an additional $10.41 million would be delivered across QLD and $6.13 million would go to WA under the program’s 2019–20 funding round.

Queensland to date will receive nearly $23 million funding in total for the program.

“The Black Spot Program provides funding for safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at road locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred,” said McCormack.

Queensland last year, unlike NSW, Victoria and South Australia, did not see a decline in road fatalities registering .

Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said 57 per cent of this year’s Black Spot funding in Queensland would go to improving the safety of Black Spots on rural and regional roads.

“This is part of the Government’s commitment to get Australians home sooner and safer no matter where they live,” he said.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the 58 Black Spot projects being funded across Queensland would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on roads.

“This investment in Black Spot projects will deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the state,” Mr Buchholz said.

Local country roads where there is a disproportionate number of deaths and serious accidents would be one of the main beneficiaries.

Government data indicates 65 per cent of fatal crashes take place on outside of major metropolitan areas.

Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel and Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said 57 per cent of this year’s Black Spot funding in Queensland would go to improving the safety of Black Spots on rural and regional roads.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent,” he said.

The Federal Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022–23 to improve road safety across the nation.

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